Social Innovation and Leadership Program, Summer 2017
Originally from Kyoto, Misuzu is majoring in Global Studies at Doshisha University.
Misuzu is interested in the issues that surround working conditions in Japan, namely, labor shortage and demanding work hours. She feels a personal connection to this issue after her father became ill after being overworked.
Misuzu’s dream is to become a professional IT consultant in order to support Japanese companies looking to reform their businesses by utilizing IT and AI systems. She hopes that the use of these two systems in daily operations can help relieve some of the stress on a company’s employees, by accomplishing simple tasks and reducing one’s workload. After this, Misuzu plans to establish a non-profit organization in Tokyo that provides career counseling and support through a variety of network events.
Through the TOMODACHI-Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation and Leadership Program, Misuzu hopes to study models of different social enterprises. She believes that by seeing companies that are already successful in utilizing technology while also making an effort to contribute to social change, it will inspire new solutions to the issues she sees existing in Japanese work culture.